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Taraji P. Henson to Star in & Produce Film on Emmett Till*

After kicking ass in Proud Mary, which bows Friday, Taraji P. Henson is planning to play a warrior of a different kind — a staunch advocate for social justice — in a period film based on a pivotal moment in U.S. history.

The actress is attached to star in and produce a movie about Emmett Till, the 14-year-old black teenager and Chicago native who was abducted and brutally killed by two white men while on a trip to Mississippi in 1955.

Henson is set to play Till's mother, Mamie Till-Mobley, who decided to make her son's funeral open casket, though Till's body was mutilated in the fatal encounter. An all-white jury acquitted Till's killers in 1955, though the pair later admitted to the homicide.

The film is being developed by Henson's production company, TPH Productions, and will be directed by Snowfall and Four Brothers helmer John Singleton.

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